Is Martin Going Overboard In Canada?

Canada's Liberal Party and Prime Minister Paul Martin managed to squeak out a victory in the June 28 national election, but disgruntled voters handed them a minority government. The Liberals took the electoral hit amid controversy over misused public funds and general complaints over the party's reputation for arrogance. Now a chastised Martin pledges to pump new funds into improving the country's strained public health-care system, revamping social programs, and speeding up the immigration process. Some business leaders fear Martin, a fiscal hawk when he was Finance Minister, is abandoning restraint to cater to interest groups. And he may also have to cater to both left and right to get anything done in Parliament.

Edited by Michael S. Serrill

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